DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley says Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to divert about $55 million from public schools to private school scholarships will not pass in the Iowa House because of a lack of Republican support.
On Monday morning, after gaveling in, Speaker Grassley told reporters that House Republicans do not have the votes for the private school scholarship bill.
“When it comes to the school choice bill that the Governor proposed, it doesn’t look like we are going to get the votes together in the House this year to pass that,” said Speaker Grassley. “Obviously we want to get something achieved. That has been a big priority of hers moving towards next session, and we will work on that in the offseason.”
The plan called for taxpayer-funded scholarships for up to 10,000 students to attend the private school of their choice. It passed the Senate in March but too many Republicans in the House oppose the idea.
Reynolds has said she won’t give up and will work to pass the measure next year. Lawmakers are expected to end the legislative session this week, about five weeks behind the scheduled adjournment.